Our grants schemes

Since 2008, East Brighton Trust has given out over £750,000 helping fund everything from school minibuses to local festivals, trips for older people, gardening groups, children’s playgroups and sports clubs.

We distribute funds via a range of grants schemes which you can read about below. 

Small Grants announcement Winter 2020/21

Since the start of the pandemic East Brighton Trust has responded through our grant giving to a range of recent emergency situations caused by the Covid crisis.

Throughout 2020 we awarded a significant amount of grants totalling over £60,000, directing these where they were most needed and benefiting thousands of people across East Brighton.

We are therefore cancelling our January 2021 small grants round but hope to be in a position to recommence grant funding later in the year.

Read about some of the amazing community initiatives which have received emergency funding from East Brighton Trust this year →

Small Grants

Our small grants scheme helps to support East Brighton community groups with up to £1,000 to help pay for events and activities for the benefit of people living in the area. 

We accept small grants applications at least twice a year via an online form on the Sussex Community Foundation website. Find out more →

Partnership Grants

Our partnership grants are a commitment from East Brighton Trust to fund key local organisations with fixed grant every year for a number of years ( usually three).  Find out more →

Colin Sayers Fund

This is a fund set up in memory of former East Brighton Trust chair Colin Sayers to provide emergency funds or 'Random acts of kindness' to local groups in urgent need. Find out more →

Primary School Enrichment Grants

These are grants provided by East Brighton Trust to local schools to pay for activities which enrich the lives of the children attending them. Find out more →

East Brighton Trust Seed Fund at The Bevy

In 2019 we launched the East Brighton Trust Seed Fund at The Bevy to address the fact that some community groups in their very early stages aren’t yet eligible to apply for one of our small grants. Find out more →